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Staying in Flamingo - no cc, only debit card

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Laura_W, May 5, 2013.

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  1. Laura_W

    Laura_W Low-Roller

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    So I understand that they put a $100.00 hold per night for incidentals. We are staying 4 nights, so that takes 400.00 out of the account for the hold. (ouch!)
    I know I can probably have that not happen if I turn off charging priveleges right? Or can I just charge all my CET shopping and food to our room and it will come out of the $400 that they are holding? This is only my 2nd time to Vegas, and my fiance's first, and we are not huge gamblers at all. Only plan on gambling a couple hundred each per day, so not expecting any comps from that. We are getting married, and have lots of other stuff planned there, so this low budget will be ok with us.
    I actually wanted to try to get the Mirage Suite from Myvegas until I saw people had $400ish held on their cc. :(
    Would my hotel charge come out of that or be on top of the incidental charges? I'm so confused on how all of this works! lol
    Not sure if it would be more beneficial to just turn charging privleges off or just charge everything to the room and have it sort of "pre paid" with the hold.
    Oh, and unfortunately, due to credit situation I can't get a credit card right now. That would have been the perfect solution.
    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Auggie

    Auggie Dovahkiin

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    If you pay a cash deposit for incidental room hold then yes, any charges to your room will come out of that.

    Thats just for shopping and dining... if you need to pay for the room this way then they will usually either charge you the full room cost up front or daily (daily = you have to come down each morning and pay for the next night in your room). If they do this it is separate from the incidental hold and you would still have to put a cash deposit down for that.

    Of note: if you tell them at check in that you don't have a credit card they will usually just charge you the amount for one or two nights, so you might end up just paying $100-200 for incidental hold.

    If you need internet for your room then you will need to put down something for incidental hold and they can probably do that for your entire stay for just a $100 incidental hold, but you won't have charge to room ability.

    And of course you can just say that you don't want charge to room privileges and in that case you won't need to put any kind of hold down.
     
  3. wpete

    wpete High-Roller

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    I've stayed at the Flamingo half a dozen times from 1 night to 4. The most I have ever had placed on my CC is $100, total. Not per night, but per visit.
     
  4. papason

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    I called them yesterday concerning this and I was told u can opt out
     
  5. MikeOPensacola

    MikeOPensacola VIP Whale

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    Is this the norm at most resorts in LV?
     
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    papason Tourist

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    Depends on where u stayin.. In going there in July and she informed me I could opt out.. Just let the front desk clerk know that at check in
     
  7. bswim

    bswim High-Roller

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    Our first trip to the MGM in 2011 I asked to opt out and it was no problem.

    2 weeks ago we checked into Monte Carlo and I asked how much the hold would be and she said there wasn't one, if I wanted to charge something to the room I could call down to the desk and they could setup a hold for them then.
    Same trip checking into the Mandalay Bay I had to ask for a hold to placed so we could order some food and drinks while at the pool.

    I've learned there's alot of things in Vegas that vary depending on who you're dealing with.
     
  8. travelfiend

    travelfiend High-Roller

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    Ain't that the truth

    I just wanted to add, I totally agree with this ending statement. Sometimes, I think we would all like a hard and fast answer and it just isn't that way with lots of things in Las Vegas. One minute you are told one thing, next day, different clerk, supervisor, pit boss, answer could be totally different.
     
  9. Laura_W

    Laura_W Low-Roller

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    Great! Thanks for all the help!!! Just one less thing for me to worry about planning the trip!
     
  10. wndrwmn71

    wndrwmn71 Tourist

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    Same here. Stayed at the Dirty Bird twice for 3-4 nights on my own debit card and was only charged the $100. Make sure you specify that you DO NOT want to enable room charges. That takes a lot of the headache out of it.

    Use your Total Rewards card EVERYWHERE.

    Whenever you buy something at a store/ restaurant in a CET property, see if they take your Total Rewards Card. Every time. Most they can say is "sorry we don't take that".
     
  11. socalvegasfan

    socalvegasfan Tourist

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    I suggest you call the specific hotel where you have your reservation and ask specifically about your reservation.

    I am not exactly sure, but it seems like the people who can opt out of leaving a cc could be the people with a comped room. Otherwise, how else would the hotel charge the balance of a room that is not comped as well as the resort fee?

    Really, I think it's best you double check.
     
  12. Laura_W

    Laura_W Low-Roller

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    Yeah, really the only way is to talk to them and find out exactly what my options are. Fortunately I booked before they implemented the resort fee, so I won't have that.
    :)
    Thanks for all the help!
     
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